Tuesday, December 13, 2011

WOW! Another One?!

I received another blogging award. No really! I totally did! I received the Versatile Blogger Award.

I have to tell you...these blogging awards are so new to me - people I don't even know read and LIKE me - I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by it (by all means, don't stop *laughing*).

I have to tell you though...the person who bestowed the Versatile Blogger Award on me - cdnkaro at four under 4 (plus two) - is, quite possibly, Super Woman literally. She speaks 6 languages, runs her own translation business, is pursuing her PhD, teaches at university, and is also raising 4 children under the age of 4 all while maintaining a regularly posted to blog. Are you not personally exhausted just reading about her? And yet, she takes every bit of it in stride like that's, wow, not awe-inspiring. In fact, an "I don't know how you do it!" statement is a pet peeve of hers. As she said about receiving her own Versatile Blogger award, "I'm just a woman doing the best she can with the four blessings that have come my way, trying to balance motherhood and home life with my 'extracurricular' pursuits. I live day to day, just like everyone else does, trying to find that elusive, mythical ideal known as 'balance' and just do the best I can, hoping I don't burn out or let people down along the way."

And this woman? This Super Woman who, admittedly, puts her pants on one leg at a time just like all of us? Takes the time - what little spare time she has - to read ME, y'all. Me. Little old Wyoming-born-and bred me. I feel...wow. I cannot tell you how honored I am that she would read, like, and want to hear more from me.

And yet...she wants to know more and I'm going to give it to her (although I ran out of intrigue a few days ago)!

However, I'm going to play this a bit differently. According to what she posted, the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are this: "The premise behind the award is that the blogger who receives this award is invited to share seven things about themselves with their readers, and then pass on the award to 15 other bloggers."

I am, instead, going to take a page from Masked Mom and give you 7 favorite things from 7 favorite categories. You ready? OK! Let's go.

1) 7 things I wouldn't want to live without (excluding people):
  • The interwebz.
  • Paper and a writing utensil.
  • Public radio.
  • Cheese.
  • Comfy pajamas.
  • Wine.
  • Love.
2) 7 literary characters I wish I could know in real life:
  • Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series
  • Dr. Kay Scarpetta from Patricia Cornwell's novels
  • Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Elizabeth Bennett (and Mr. Darcy) from Pride and Prejudice
  • Josephine March from Little Women
  • Larry Underwood from Stephen King's The Stand
3) 7 celebrities I would invite to my Celebrity Supper Party (because a party of 8, including me, is the perfect number):
Caveat: This list changes nearly daily.

4) 7 movies I know all the dialogue to:
  • Aliens
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version with Colin Firth because ME-OW!)
  • Terminator 2
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Grease
5)  7 skills I wish I had acquired:
  • Drawing
  • Quilting
  • Hacking
  • Decorating
  • Fingernail painting
  • Speaking (6...SIX!) foreign languages
  • Solid boundary setting
6) 7 occupations I would have excelled at:
  • Mathematician
  • Counselor
  • Actress
  • Doctor
  • Teacher
  • Judge
  • Stand up comedian
7) 7 songs I can hear again and again without tiring of:

Brand New Day from The Wiz

Covenant's Bullet

Run from Gnarls Barkley

Gimme Shelter from The Rolling Stones

A Forest from The Cure

Comfortably Numb from Pink Floyd

You Ain't No Good from The Bamboos



That was 7 in 7. Or 7 and 7 as the Goth Father might appreciate. By jove, I think I've done it!

And now I'm supposed to bestow this award on 15 others...except...I can't. Mostly because, as cdnkaro mentioned, several of the bloggers I follow have already received this - among others - award. And y'all - most of you - know about each other.

So, I'm mostly going to point you in the direction of my Blog Roll. If you're looking for other people to read and follow, those are the ones you ought to be taking a look see.

Except...I am going to point you to a few. who deserve the Versatile Blogger Award..

Last Minute Mommy - Mandy awarded me the Leibster Award for the second time. I didn't acknowledge her then here, in this blog, but I do adore her and she needs to be recognized for her own writing. Frankly, I started following her well before she started reading me. She's lovely. Thank you, Mandy, for writing and your support of my own writing. I know you're taking a break. But The Grotto inhabitants and the ones you think have fabulous names await your grand return!

Successfully Underachieving - Who thinks she's never picked for these kinds of awards. Well, Lovely, you've been picked now. What will you do about it? She's raw and fresh and trying to find her way through her 20's post-divorce. Give her some love and encouragement, won't you?

The last one I'm going to mention, well, it's not because she's a Versatile Blogger. But I want to call your attention to her because A) if you're interested in food and health and a holistic, natural approach to life and food, she is sincerely your girl and B) because she's my sister and I think she is phenomenal, inspirational, and brilliant. Please take a look at Monica Corrado at Simply Being Well. She knows more about food and holistic health than anyone ought to know. She is particularly focused on what is good, healthy, holistic, and balanced for children under 5...my nephew, himself, is just turning six (SIX!) today! I swear she knows what she is talking about...for infants, toddlers, and adults. Go! Love her! Read her! Me and she and they will thank you.


    Teresa said...

    Oh no!!!!! What happened to Bacon? and what about this........


    cdnkaro said...

    Awww thanks Jane. No super powers here...unless catching baby vomit in one's mouth counts? Cause I do that on a regular basis. Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. D'Arcy, and Larry are characters I'd love to meet as well! I've been compiling a list of songs I can hear over and over again for a post as well- great minds think alike:)

    Masked Mom said...

    Love your list--please be prepared for a crasher at your dinner party. I am wholly enamored of Sedaris and Vowell--even though there is not an NPR station in our area and all of my exposure to them is from the pages of books and her occasional appearance on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

    The Shiftless Wanderer said...

    First of all, congratulations!! As you know, I'm an avid fan of your blog. *Very* deserving of blog awards!! Second, what great lists! The books and movies I was very familiar with and several would show up on my list. The music, however, is mostly new to me. I look forward to listening to each and every one! Third, I will need to spend time reading the blogs you recommend here and getting them on my list. As a newbie to Blogland, the whole thing is just fascinating!! So glad you're out there in it!

    Gaelyn said...

    Congrats! Hope all the above mentioned people will be at your Big party.

    Anonymous said...

    You might be the coolest person I know. Oh, and I'm so stealing the 7/7 idea and posting my version.

    And thanks for the intros! I love meeting new bloggers. :O)

    Lucy said...

    I love the way you did your seven random things, just loved it. Oh, we could seriously watch movies together!

    I did the Versatile Blogger Award today too and would have chosen you but read post before publishing mine! I still linked you, I so enjoy reading your blog!!!

    Now, I will have to check out your suggestions, I love reading blogs!!!

    Just Jane said...

    cdnkaro: Um...catching vomit, period, no matter how, is trés impressive. A little gross, yes, but also impressive.

    Word Nerd: Me? Cool? Naw. I'm decidedly dorky. And yay! I'm glad you liked the 7/7 idea. I had a lot of fun with it!

    alienbody said...

    "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you..." :-) Those lyrics popped into my head and seemed so fitting! Loved your 7 of 7!

    Anonymous said...

    I finally did mine. Slackerific, I know.

    Clickety-click, please.